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Senator Chris Coons believes that the budget committee appointed to hammer out a budget by December 13th will be successful.

As a member of the 29 member committee that came out of the government shutdown the Delaware Democrat told the Wilmington News Journal that he chooses to be optimistic.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Sen. Ben Cardin is scheduled to talk about budget cuts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The senator will be visiting the commission on Monday.

Cardin says that because of the budget battle in Washington, the NRC has seen a $52 million cut in its fiscal year 2013 budget.

The Maryland Democrat says lawmakers need to come up with a realistic budget before the nation faces even more dire cuts in the next fiscal year.

Delaware National Guard

Those civilians who work for the military in Delaware are being hit with mandatory furloughs.

Today marks the first of several months for some 14-hunered employees due to budget cuts.

WBOC reports that the Pentagon says most of the civilians will be furloughed one day each week over the next three months amounting to a 20 percent pay cut.

Military officials in Dover told the Wilmington News Journal that more than 1-thousand workers at the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings, the Air Force Mortuary operations and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System will be impacted. 

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Holiday traffic is about to begin in earnest for this Fourth of July.


Triple AAA Mid-Atlantic expects 86 percent of Maryland travelers to go by car.

That’s a slight decline from last year.

That amounts to nearly 690-thousand hitting the road from July 3 through July 7th.

Christine Delise with AAA Mid-Atlantic says decline is in part due to a shorter holiday this year than last.

But she adds federal budget cuts and the economy are still having their effect.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy officials say federal budget cuts could lead to canceled classes.

Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield tells WBAL-AM that the cuts will mean furlough days.

Schofield says civilian employees of the Department of Defense must take 11 furlough days between July 8 and Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. He says that will mean taking one day each week or two days per pay period as furlough days. About half of the faculty members at the school are civilian employees.

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Major General Frank Vavala says he’s worried that the recent spending cutbacks by the federal government are going to damage the ability of the Delaware National Guard to respond to the nation’s security needs.

The Pentagon is now facing a loss of nearly a half a billion dollars over the next decade.

During the annual meeting of the National Guard Association of Delaware had this warning for the audience, “Remember 9/11?“

In its aftermath the Reserves became a key component in manning the military operations abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq.

There’s been another reprieve for the Salisbury-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport.

Its tower was slated to be shutdown in mid-June.

But the Federal Aviation Administration has decided to keep the control tower the airport along with four others Maryland Airports open at least for the next five months.

The decision comes less than a week after Congress approved legislation that would allow the US Department of Transportation to move $253 million to prevent furloughs and keep the towers open.

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Bracing for the impact of the federal spending cuts of the sequester Somerset County education officials are trying to balance their budget for the coming fiscal year.

In unveiling the $35.8 million spending plan this week Superintendent Marjorie Miles told the Salisbury Daily Times that the district must weigh the cost and value of programs or jobs that would be cut as a result of the sequester.

Delaware Federal Court

The US District Court in Delaware could soon be paring down the number of cases it hears as it braces for the federal spending cuts resulting from the $85 billion sequester from Washington.

The near shutdown of the federal court one day a week is set to go into effect in May.

It should last until September 20th.

As the deadline looms for the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts from the sequester in Washington the First State could be hit hard.

Delaware gets almost $315 million in non-defense funds from the federal government.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state’s Office of Management and Budget believes there will be a 5.3 percent across-the-board cut.